In theory, we all know that we should sleep more, eat healthy food, and concentrate on one business task at a time.
In practice, most working people succumb to their little distracting pleasures. Oftentimes, things that we do aren’t even pleasant, but we keep doing them out of sheer habit.
Day after day, people repeat the same routines that have no value in their lives.
You’ll make ends meet even if you’re an exhausted scatterbrain with bad blood test results. Still, that’s not the road to substantial business success.
We want to help you change your working lifestyle. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of things you should sacrifice if you want to become a truly successful business person in 2020.
The tips go from more general ones to those practical takeaways that will help you turn the tide.
Complaining About Your Job
Complaining is one of the strongest mental urges that exists in various cultures across the globe.
However, complaining is bad for your business productivity, especially complaining about your job.
Let’s start from the premise of complaining: a certain problem fills you with the feeling of frustration. This mental tension is resolved when you make a verbal complaint. Hence, we can say the complaining is a sort of relief for our stressed minds.
Some people keep complaining about their jobs without changing anything. When you do this, you simply perpetuate the stress and frustration. As a result, complaining doesn’t let off some emotional steam but it increases the pressure of your boiling mind.
To cut a long story short: when you start complaining about your job, it’s either time to talk to your manager or find a new job.
Comparing Yourself to Others
When we were in primary school, our teachers used to compare us based on our unique and individual talents and skills. From what we can see in modern schools, it’s different today, even though some teachers still do it.
This is wrong on many levels.
For starters, every child is a separate individual with his or her specific preferences. If you compare them with some uniform templates, only some of them will fit into them. Those who think outside the box and those who aren’t interested in the given topic won’t be able to fit into that mold.
The same goes for employees.
We all have different mindsets and social backgrounds. That’s why we should compare ourselves only with our individual goals, preferences, and desires. And if you have a boss who keeps comparing you and your colleagues as if you were pupils, don’t pay attention to that.
Not Setting Specific Goals
Every working person needs to set some professional goals.
If you just do your job without any specific goals, you won’t have a momentum behind you that will push you forward. What’s more, your progress will be much slower if you don’t have one or more milestones before you.
When you’re setting your goals, choose several different intervals for them. You can set your short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals. They can refer both to your finances, your professional skills, and your personal life. The more time you spend planning, the more likely you are to make reachable and realistic goals.
Also, successful business people make plans on a daily and weekly level. That’s how they cope with their everyday tasks more efficiently.
Burning Your Old Bridges
We’ve already discussed that constant complaining can intensify the feeling of frustration. Workers who feel frustrated or underpaid are more likely to burn their old bridges once they find a new job.
In the long run, this is a negative characteristic that constructive business people will try to change.
If you’ve spent some time in one company, you’ve established some social and professional connections. It would be a waste of time and resources to intentionally delete all these contacts.
What you should do is remain polite and friendly until the end of your stint in that business. You can never tell what the future brings. Perhaps you and your formers colleagues will benefit from one another in the future.
Also, sometimes employers find out more about their potential new employees from their previous managers. If you close the door with a negative impression in your former business, you might not get a chance to close a deal with the new one, as well.
Underestimating Your Education
The rapid development of programming and Web development has turned the labor market upside down. Suddenly, everybody’s trying to retrain and become a software developer. So, it might seem today that this is becoming the most wanted profession out there. While the demand for these professionals is high at the moment, it doesn’t have to be the case in years to come.
It’s good to know that this world still needs other professions, as well. That’s why you should respect your education, as well as your working skills. We still need craftspeople, teachers, doctors, hairdressers, plumbers, and many other occupations.
Therefore, be proud of your job. If the labor market is saturated with your profession, think about offering your services in a different package. Look for opportunities and spaces that other colleagues of yours don’t see. If necessary, add more services but don’t give up on your core profession. For instance, a language teacher can start translating, as well.
Simply put, the road before those who decide to fine-tune or expand their existing skills is much shorter than the path in front of those who start it all over again.
Wasting Your Breaks
Unless you work in extremely difficult working conditions, you probably have one or more breaks during the workday. It’s scientifically proven that breaks are beneficial for workers’ productivity. When you unplug from your working mode, you give your mind some time to think divergently and that way relax from arduous, focused mental efforts.
But if you waste your breaks on reading trivial news or browsing through social media posts, you’ll neither relax nor refresh your mind.
So, when you’re taking a break, try to do something more useful. Reading a few pages of a book, learning a few words of a new language or listening to relaxing music with your eyes closed are just some of the possible activities.
Never miss a chance to learn something new. Sales podcasts that you can immerse yourself in even while you’re doing something else, can help you pick up a lot of amazing tricks and her new ideas.
The more energy you regain during these breaks, the higher your potential energy for the rest of the workday will be.
Overeating After Work
Many modern workers refuse to eat at work because they think that it will slow down their work efficiency. Truth be told, it’s not easy to work fast when you’ve just eaten a three-course meal.
However, skipping lunch is both unhealthy and counterproductive. Employees who don’t want to have lunch at work increase the risk of becoming sick. Such behavior can cost a company more in the long run.
Another negative consequence of skipping lunch at work is overeating after working hours. Many such workers eat everything they put their eyes on when they come back home from work. To top it all off, they usually take a nap after such a hearty meal.
None of these habits is beneficial for your productivity and your business success.
Remember that you need to eat cooked, healthy food and have three regular meals every day. That way, you’ll stay mentally and physically fit for decades, which will lead to higher efficiency and commitment to work.
Binge-Watching TV Shows at Weekends
The craze of binge-watching has taken the world by storm in the last few years. People of all generations, walks of life, and backgrounds binge-watch different content via websites and streaming services.
While this can be an exciting weekend activity, the latest scientific research has shown that bingers might be more anxious and exhausted, as well as less concentrated at work. Even if you leave these marathons of TV shows for weekends, you might not fully recover for the forthcoming workweek.
Also, people who like to binge-watch TV shows spend less time outside. If you sit long hours during the week and stay indoors at the weekend as well, your mind won’t get enough necessary fresh air and energy to recuperate.
So, if you want to make your performances more efficient in 2020, we strongly recommend that you get back to the traditional rhythm – one episode per night.
A good old proverb says ‘No pain, no gain.’ Even though the living conditions have improved a lot for working people in developed countries, that adage is still relevant. If you want to become a successful professional or business owner, it’s crucial to be disciplined and focused. Many modern workers are distracted by dozens of online and offline stimuli all the time. This has to change if you want to commit yourself to your work tasks, as explained in this practical guide.